What is Paediatric Neurology?
Paediatric neurology or child neurology refers to a specialised branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis and management of neurological conditions in neonates (newborns), infants, children, and adolescents.
The discipline of child neurology encompasses diseases and disorders of the spinal cord, brain, peripheral nervous system, autonomic nervous system, muscles, and blood vessels that affect individuals in these age groups.
What Does a Paediatric Neurologist Do?
A paediatric neurologist, with specialised training and knowledge, assesses, diagnoses, and treats the child having problems with the nervous system. The conditions dealt with by paediatric neurologists vary considerably, from relatively simple disorders like migraine or cerebral palsy through to more complex and rare conditions such as metabolic disease or neurodegenerative disorders.
What Conditions Do Paediatric Neurologists Treat?
Below is a list of specific paediatric conditions treated by the top paediatric neurologists at Gleneagles Hospitals.
- Ataxia telangiectasia
- Cerebral palsy
- Cerebrovascular disorders
- Charcot-Marie-Tooth disorder
- Epilepsy and seizures including ketogenic diet therapy
- Motor stereotypies
- Movement disorders including Tourette disorders
- Muscular dystrophy
- Spina bifida
- Spinal muscle atrophy (SMA)
- Stroke (paediatric)
Paediatric neurologists act as consultants to primary care physicians, who may refer children to the neurologists for specialist care, including paediatric surgery if needed. For children with long-term neurological ailments, the paediatric neurologist provides regular care and consultation.
Get in touch with Gleneagles Hospitals, a renowned child specialist hospital near you, to consult with a paediatric neurologist.